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6. 21st Century Park Management: The Essential Skillset


Understand the key issues facing England’s parks and green spaces and how the effects of austerity have impacted upon their deliverability. Through examining the findings of the Skills and Knowledge work stream, part of the MHCLG response to the 2017 House of Commons Inquiry into Public Parks, this session will uncover: why parks matter, the challenges facing the parks sector, the growing number of roles and responsibilities that now face park managers, and how can we partner to secure a sustainable future. 

Paul O'Brien

Paul O’Brien is Chief Executive of the Association for Public Service Excellence. Paul has over 30 years’ experience in local government. He is a member of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Parks Action Group and is currently writing their National Litter Strategy for England. Paul has represented APSE on the Scottish Executive Health and Physical Activity Council, the Office of the Deputy Prime Ministers, Strategic Partnership Taskforce and the Local Government Procurement Forum.

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